Thursday, December 21, 2017
ORNL in the News

Liane Russell discusses impactful work

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Liane B. Russell discusses chromosome translocation, which she said is one of the most impactful discoveries she has made because it has been a building block for further genetic research...12/21

FAA bans drone flights over nuclear research facilities

(FCW) Bumping up the list of U.S. critical infrastructure facilities, the Federal Aviation Administration said it will bar unmanned aircraft from flying close to the borders of Department of Energy national labs involved with nuclear research...12/19

IBM Announces Collaborations to Accelerate Quantum Computing

(I-Connect 007) IBM today announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business and science. They include: JPMorgan Chase, Daimler AG, Samsung, JSR Corporation, Barclays, Hitachi Metals, Honda, Nagase, Keio University, Oak Ridge National Lab, Oxford University and University of Melbourne...12/20

Science and Technology

Researchers Create Bacteria-Killing Steel Nanospikes

(Popular Mechanics) ...Given that unchecked bacteria could potentially kill lots of people, many scientists are understandably looking for a new way to keep them in check. This often takes the form of a new type of antibiotic, but finding new antibiotics is difficult. Recently, a group of researchers from Georgia Tech took a different route, and turned a steel surface into a deadly forest of nanospikes that shred any bacteria cells that touch them...12/19

Energy and Science Policy

EPA Head Pruitt Questions Scientific Finding Underpinning Greenhouse Gas Regulations

(AIP) Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently argued that the agency used a flawed process in 2009 when it determined that greenhouse gas emissions endanger the public...12/20

Outstanding Indian Americans Named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors

(India West) A plethora of outstanding Indian Americans and South Asian Americans were named among the 2017 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Among them,
Mariappan P. Paranthaman of Oak Ridge National Laboratory..12/20

DOE

NNSA reaches milestone in developing new nuclear fuel for U.S. high-performance research reactors

(NNSA Energy) NNSA is leading the charge to develop and qualify a new fuel that will enable the conversion of high-performance research reactors in the United States currently using highly enriched uranium (HEU)...12/20

Trump nominates nuclear security leader, NNSA administrator

(Oak Ridge Today) President Donald Trump has nominated an under secretary for nuclear security in the U.S. Department of Energy, a position that includes serving as administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge is an NNSA site...12/19

ORISE accepting applications for Homeland Security summer research for minority serving institutions

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Summer Research Team Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS...12/20

Local and State

Tennessee economic growth expected to slow as recovery matures

(Times Free Press) The pace of economic growth in Tennessee is expected to slow over the next two years as the 8-year-long economic recovery nears the longest period of growth in modern times...12/19